SAN DIEGO EXPANDED LEARNING CONSORTIUM
In 1999, the Children’s Initiative and the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) collaborated in forming a county wide, after school grant application to the California Department of Education. Interested and eligible school districts were brought together to form a regional San Diego After School Consortium. Intentional and cooperative meetings were held with significant community stakeholders, including the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, San Diego County School Boards Association, Ninth District PTA, ACSA Region 18 Superintendents Council, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego County Probation Department and the City of San Diego to ensure success.
Through these efforts, San Diego County formed the first regional After School Consortium in California, now called the San Diego Expanded Learning Consortium. The SDCOE serves as both the grantee and fiscal agent with the Children’s Initiative as the Consortium lead. The Consortium partners developed a collaborative and effective approach of doing business that encouraged the partners to share resources and best practices, eliminate duplication of efforts, and work collectively to maximize resources for expanded learning programs in San Diego County.
The San Diego Expanded Learning Consortium is comprised of 27 local school districts and 21 charter schools serving more than 31,000 students in grades K-8 in 330 elementary and middle school programs.
EXPANDED LEARNING: PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES
FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
Expanded learning programs offer learning opportunities not always available during the traditional school day such as coding, robotics, photography and cooking. Academic support is an important component of expanded learning programs, as well as the integration of enrichment and health to provide a comprehensive program that meets the needs and interests of the students served. Consortium expanded learning programs successfully reinforce learning by making constructive use of the extended time to offer new and different ways of learning.
THE QUALITY STANDARDS FOR
EXPANDED LEARNING IN CALIFORNIA
California’s Expanded Learning programs are an integral part of young people’s education, engaging them in year-round learning opportunities that prepare them for college, career, and life. The Quality Standards were developed through a partnership between the California Department of Education, Expanded Learning Division and the California AfterSchool Network Quality Committee. The purpose of the Quality Standards is to describe high levels of “Quality” of a program at the programmatic, staff, and participant levels.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT EXPANDED LEARNING
Expanded Learning Coordinator